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Genetically modified purple tomatoes heading for shops

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The prospect of genetically modified (GM) purple tomatoes reaching the shelves has come a step closer. Their dark pigment is intended to give tomatoes the same potential health benefits as fruit such as blueberries.

 

Developed in Britain, large-scale production is now under way in Canada with the first 1,200 liters of purple tomato juice ready for shipping. The pigment, known as anthocyanin, is an antioxidant which studies on animals show could help fight cancer.


Scientists say the new tomatoes could improve the nutritional value of everything from ketchup to pizza topping. The tomatoes were developed at the John Innes Centre in Norwich where Prof Cathie Martin hopes the first delivery of large quantities of juice will allow researchers to investigate its potential.


"With these purple tomatoes you can get the same compounds that are present in blueberries and cranberries that give them their health benefits - but you can apply them to foods that people actually eat in significant amounts and are reasonably affordable," she said.

 

The tomatoes are part of a new generation of GM plants designed to appeal to consumers - the first types were aimed specifically at farmers as new tools in agriculture. The purple pigment is the result of the transfer of a gene from a snapdragon plant - the modification triggers a process within the tomato plant allowing the anthocyanin to develop.

 

Although the invention is British, Prof Martin says European Union restrictions on GM encouraged her to look abroad to develop the technology. Canadian regulations are seen as more supportive of GM and that led to a deal with an Ontario company, New Energy Farms, which is now producing enough purple tomatoes in a 465 square meter (5,000sq ft) greenhouse to make 2,000 liters (440 gallons) of juice. The first 1,200 liters are due to be shipped to Norwich shortly - and because all the seeds will have been removed, there is no genetic material to risk any contamination.


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THESE GMO TOMATOES  COME  PRELABELED !!!

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Drinking linked to faster mental decline in men

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NEW YORK (AP) — Middle-aged men risk a faster mental decline as they age if they've been drinking heavily for years, new research suggests.
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 Middle-aged men risk a faster mental decline as they age if they've been drinking heavily for years, new research suggests.

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Want to stop snacking? Eat half an AVOCADO at lunch to banish hunger pangs - Daily Mail

Want to stop snacking? Eat half an AVOCADO at lunch to banish hunger pangs - Daily Mail | News-actualités | Scoop.it
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Want to stop snacking? Eat half an AVOCADO at lunch to banish hunger pangs
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... are less likely to snack between meals.

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Is It Really Possible To Run Out Of Self-Control?

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Self-control seems awfully hard to come by when we're zapped of energy. But a new study suggests that trouble with self-control during times like these may be less an issue of depletion and more an issue of only doing what we want to do.
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'Love Hormone' Study Yields Big Surprise About Bonding In Chimps

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BERLIN (AP) — Chimpanzees who share are chimpanzees who care, it seems. A study published Wednesday appears to confirm that friendships are forged at mealtimes, at least for our closest living relatives.
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Drug Companies Could Use EHR Systems for Targeted Marketing

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Pharmaceutical companies increasingly are using electronic health records to analyze patient data and market their products to consumers and physicians through advertisements and email campaigns.

 

Electronic health record systems could be used by pharmaceutical companies to market their products to physicians and consumers,Reuters reports.

 

Pharmaceutical companies historically have gathered patients' de-identified data from insurers, pharmacies and public records to improve their marketing strategies.

 

However, drug companies can collect and analyze data through EHR systems and use that information to reach out to consumers and doctors.

 
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